Cookbooks for Thanksgiving Inspiration

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Whether you’re hosting a bunch of people for Thanksgiving or you’re looking for a tasty dish to contribute to your family’s smorgasbord, the library has plenty of new cookbooks to check out. Look for ideas from any of these cookbooks available from the library:

Gather & Graze by Stephanie Izard – A collection of 120 recipes from the James Beard Award-winning Iron Chef designed to maximize and balance flavor through creative food pairings.

Now & Again by Julia Turshen – Offers over 100 recipes and menu ideas for reinventing leftovers, including such dishes as kale salad with pepita dressing, baked saffron rice, chicken and black-eyed pea chili, and black forest cake.

Gluten-Free Family Favorites by Kelli Bronski – Makes gluten-free cooking fun, with 75 recipes designed to meet your family’s everyday needs, including breakfasts, snacks, sides, balanced dinners, familiar classics, and tasty treats.

Inspiralized & Beyond by Ali Maffucci – Goes beyond “spiralizing” to share the most fun ways to fit more vegetables into any healthy diet, such as using cauliflower for pizza crust and broccoli for tater tots.

Once Upon a Chef by Jennifer Segal – Shares 100 recipes that will up your kitchen game, with helpful tips on topics such as how to season correctly with salt, how to balance flavors, and how to make the most of leftovers.

Everyday Vegan by Good Housekeeping – Offers 85 scrumptious recipes incorporating plant-based proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

The New Essentials Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen – Provides information to help home chefs build their cooking skills through practical lessons combined with 200 increasingly challenging recipes.

Sweet Laurel: Recipes for Whole Food, Grain-Free Desserts by Laurel Gallucci & Claire Thomas – The co-founder of Sweet Laurel Bakery shares 85 dessert recipes that are grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and dairy free.

Celebrating Picture Books

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It’s Picture Book Month, a literacy initiative that honors printed picture books during the month of November. Celebrate with your young family members by getting together and reading one of these titles recommended by JMRL children’s librarians:

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal – When Alma Sofia Esperanza Josâe Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents. (Also available in Spanish).

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins – When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a Tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.

The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates – A spacious umbrella welcomes anyone and everyone who needs shelter from the rain in this tribute to inclusion and tolerance.

Saffron Ice Cream by Rashin Kheiriyeh – Excited by her first trip to Coney Island, a young immigrant girl is fascinated by the differences between the beach culture in her new home and her native Iran.

Ginny Goblin is Not Allowed to Open This Box by David Goodner – Tempted by a box on a shelf that she is forbidden to open until dinnertime, Ginny engages in a series of wacky box-snatching strategies involving ninja suits, catapults and scaly serpents.

Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin – A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.

Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke – A story that gently introduces numbers while describing how an adorable baby covertly sneaks fruits into his doting mother’s shopping basket.

Summer Color! by Diana Murray – Two rambunctious children take off on a backyard adventure through the wonders and colors of summer.

Top Teen Titles for 2018

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the top 10 teen titles for 2018. Thousands of teens from all over the globe voted for the following books as this year’s best young adult novels. You can borrow any of these titles from the JMRL catalog:

  1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green – Aza Holmes, a teen with obsessive-compulsive disorder, becomes focused on searching for a fugitive billionaire.
  1. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – When one of five students in detention is found dead, his high-profile classmates are investigated and revealed to be the subjects of the victim’s latest gossip postings.
  1. Warcross by Marie Lu – After hacking into the Warcross Championships’ opening game to track illegal betting, bounty hunter Emika Chen is asked by the game’s creator to investigate a security problem, and she uncovers a sinister plot.
  1. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo – Longing to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters, Diana risks exile when she saves Alia, a Warbringer.
  1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber – A long-desired invitation to Caraval, the annual audience-participation show, prods Tella and Scarlett to escape their powerful, cruel father, but upon arriving Tella is kidnapped as part of the game.
  1. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – 15-year-old Will contemplates over the course of 60 psychologically suspenseful seconds whether or not he is going to murder the person who killed his brother.
  1. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez – When the sister who delighted their parents by her faithful embrace of Mexican culture dies in a tragic accident, Julia, who longs to go to college and move into a home of her own, discovers from mutual friends that her sister may not have been so perfect.
  1. Paper Hearts by Ali Novak – After discovering a shocking family secret, Felicity and her friends embark on a road trip to find her missing sister.
  1. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city stripped of its name.
  1. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen – Cynical about happy endings, Louna, the daughter of a wedding planner, initially holds Ambrose at arm’s length, but Ambrose has finally found someone to save him from his serial dating ways, and he’s not about to be discouraged.